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12-13-2014, 09:34 AM   #1
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What would be a suitable lens for architectural photography, let's say churches or high-rise buildings?
Once upon a time I used a view camera where I could adjust the perpendicular and horizontal lines before making an exposure.
Is it the software we have to rely upon nowadays?
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12-13-2014, 10:32 AM   #2
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A tilt-shift lens might be what you want. Pentax doesn't sell any but there are third party choices. The link below lists a few. The Samyang 24mm is the most affordable choice at $800 new from B&H. The Schneider models are over $3000.

tilt shift Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
pentax tilt shift | B&H Photo Video

Another option is to use a bellows and medium format lens adapted to a k-mount. Search around PF and you should find threads where others have done that.
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Pentax made a K-series shift lens, but it's seldom seen for sale:



http://kmp.bdimitrov.de/lenses/primes/wide-angle/K28f3.5-Shift.html

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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
Pentax made a K-series shift lens, but it's seldom seen for sale:
+1 The K28/3.5 Shift would be your best bet.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Dobson Quote
What would be a suitable lens for architectural photography, let's say churches or high-rise buildings?
Once upon a time I used a view camera where I could adjust the perpendicular and horizontal lines before making an exposure.
Is it the software we have to rely upon nowadays?
Roger
Yes there are numerous software solutions to the issue, you'll naturally lose a little bit of quality, though.
Some Pentax DSLRs allow you to move the sensor by tiny increments to replicate the effect of a tilt-shift lens.
The K 28mm f/3.5 SHIFT is available used, but it's quite expensive...
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QuoteOriginally posted by gofour3 Quote
+1 The K28/3.5 Shift would be your best bet.

Phil..
I had one when I lived in Chicago, and can say that it is sharp beyond belief. On the other hand, it does not have tilt, only shift, and that limits usefulness somewhat.
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You can correct a fair bit of geometric distortion in Adobe Camera Raw at the cost of losing a good portion of the image. As mentioned, there is a limited correction capability in camera with Pentax bodies. The Samyang or Pentax legacy lenses are your best bet but limited in focal length.

A friend who is an architect by training and makes his living with architectural photography uses the Canon series of T/ S lenses on Canon bodies. The only other option is back to something with a bellows like you had.
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About 23 tears ago I found a Pentax 28mm shift lens (used) for sale in the camera section of the Rexall Drugstore in Salmon Arm, BC. Great lens, used it for a lot of Infra Red shots of buildings and old cars. It has a little clip on the rear of the lens where I could put a piece of red gel for such work. Sadly it was stolen with a lot of other gear some 20 years ago. I have never seen one since. If you find one it is well worth snapping up....but it is one heavy piece of glass and metal.

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I have never seen one since
I've got one of these wonderful pieces of Pentax glass, but only seldom use it these days, maybe more once I get my Pentax FF.

Strangely enough there's one for sale at Ffordes just now.

28mm F3.5 SMC Shift by Pentax - Ffordes Photographic
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dobson Quote
What would be a suitable lens for architectural photography, let's say churches or high-rise buildings?
Once upon a time I used a view camera where I could adjust the perpendicular and horizontal lines before making an exposure.
Is it the software we have to rely upon nowadays?
Roger

I would suggest a short focus lens (not fisheye) and a camera with interchangeble screen like the MX and LX...of course using an SG-20 helps a lot.

Then of course you can make architecture photography with a standard 50-55 mm lens as well:

















I don't know if these pics are good architecture, though.

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